Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Kea, located in the southern Aegean Sea. Whether it’s a weekend excursion from Athens or a longer cruising experience in the Cyclades, Kea has multiple beaches, bays and coves where you can anchor your vessel. There are several picturesque marinas in Kea where you can easily find the catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners of the vessel for the ideal boat or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you have a license and enjoy a one-day cruise around the unique coastline. If you rent a motorboat you can visit further destinations in a short amount of time including Kythnos or Serifos for a two-day or three-day cruise. With the option to book a catamaran you can throw a birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette or even wedding anniversary. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht and go island-hopping for some of the best experiences you can imagine.
Kea is the westernmost island in the Cyclades only 16 nautical miles (about 40 minutes from Lavrion Port) from the capital of Greece, Athens. Kea is the perfect destination for weekend escapes, with a population of about 3,000 people, the residents welcome you with a warm heart. In fact, Kea was inhabited since the bronze age and was influenced by Byzantine and Venetian Powers followed by Ottoman rule all the way till the early 19th century. Today, Kea has several archaeological sites and trails built from stone that disperse through the island and has over 30 beaches that fill up the coastline. Kea’s architectural beauty from the early years of antiquity and the modern influence of Athenians who continue to build summer houses, creates the sense of another era. During your holiday you can visit the ancient city and capital, Ioulis although cars are prohibited you will enjoy walking up the monastery of Panagia Kastriani for panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Tourism has constantly increased annually since there is something for everyone here, sailing enthusiasts can discover the 30 beaches along the coastline that are only accessible by boat and walking enthusiasts can enjoy trekking the trails in the four ancient cities of Korissia, Ioulis, Poiessa and Karthaia which are connected by 36km route. That is not all, there is a stunning record of 3,000 species of plants on the island, from Oak, maple, rare orchid species and many more as well as the Hellenistic towers, windmills and tavernas by the marinas will make you want to stay more than a day to make it worth the trip. Kea also has one of the largest natural ports in the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Agios Nikolaos where many catamarans and sailboats anchor in Korissia. Once you have decided to spend some time outside of Athens, you can begin your boat trip around the island of Kea with the many available vessels BednBlue offers for a one-of-a-kind vacation in Greece.
A day trip to Kea will allow you to visit picturesque villages with a refreshing finish line at the many secluded beaches. In the southeast part of the island, Karthera lies in a wonderful isolated bay and is connected to the city where one can visit the Apollo temple or go for a long walk along the classical harbor. You can also depart from the commercial harbor of Korissia, a busy place with several stores and restaurants where many yachts moor for shelter. From here you can visit Gialiskari beach which has tamarisk trees covering a sandy beach with clear waters, nearby you can stop at Vourkari harbor which is a beautiful fishing village where you can enjoy the fish taverns or enjoy the nightlife.
Kea’s best known beaches which have also been awarded the blue flag for their cleanliness are Gias, Possas, Xyla and Koundoros beach where you can swim and sunbathe and enjoy the seafood at any of the restaurants you dock nearby with your sailboat. With a high speed catamaran or speedboat, you can tour various other beaches around the island including the peaceful beach of kaliskia, Otzias and the many amenities it offers, Poles near the city of Karthea and Spathi, Psili Ammos as well as Sikamia in the eastern side.
Sailing around the Cyclades you can also visit Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Andros and the cosmopolitan island of Milos. With a RIB boat you can group up with your friends or family and enjoy swimming and snorkeling at Koundouri Reef in Kea which is well-protected from the northern winds, another option is Makronisos closer to Lavrio. An ideal 3-day charter experience will be to spend a day in Kea, you would hate to leave from here and not having tried the Kean specialties which consist of locally made products from the agritourism farm in Chora. Next you can visit Kythnos, an island a little further from Kea reputed for its healing properties for its thermal springs. Finally you can either visit the island of Serifos or make your way back to Athens taking the time to enjoy sites you didn’t have the time to visit. In fact, you can also partake in the Fairy Tale Festival, an old cultural event in Greece where many musicians, prominent artists and novelists attend. According to Mythology, Kea was the home of the nymphs which are often associated with growing things, this long-lived island may have been depopulated in the earlier days but that does not stop tourists visiting and having unique and memorable experiences here. While there may not be endless sightseeing and history, leaving Athens you will get to see the nearest Cycladic island which offers a good chance for spending vacation away from the City. You can always craft your itinerary in the Cyclades according to your liking and Kea or Athens can even mark the end of your journey.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat trip in Kea. Marinas and ports for your sailing vacation.
Korissia Port: The main port of the island located in the Gulf of St. Nicolaus, one of the safest where many yachts moor.
Vourkariou Port: Can accommodate all pleasure boks. A small coastal and traditional settlement which has a small picturesque bay. Often the spot for sailing competitions and can load a maximum length of 130m for vessels with a depth of 3m.
Kea generally has good accessibility compared to the other cyclades islands. Ferry ships daily access Kea from Lavrio especially on the weekends. From Lavrio, the Athens Airport is roughly a 15-20 minutes drive. There is also a bus connection from Athens to Lavrio and when you are ready to depart from the marina, make sure you book in advance especially if it's for the weekend or peak summer months (July-August).
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